[lg policy] Guwahati: Sabha, groups agree on points

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 11:27:23 EDT 2018


 Sabha, groups agree on points
RAJIV KONWAR Aug 08, 2018 00:00 IST
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*Guwahati:* The Asam Sahitya Sabha and eight literary bodies of different
communities on Tuesday have "mutually accepted" certain points over a
common language policy for the state.

The Sabha and the literary bodies had a daylong meeting with the state
education department at Kahilipara, which was presided over by commissioner
and secretary of the elementary education department, Pritam Saikia.

"Considering the greater interest of the state the participants have
mutually accepted certain points. The education department will prepare the
policy, which will be sent to the government for approval," a source said.
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The literary groups represented Karbi, Bodo, Rabha, Tiwa, Dimasa, Mising,
Deori and Garo communities.

Assam, which has numerous languages, does not have a language policy for
education. At present, the medium of instruction and the languages taught
in elementary schools are guided by a curriculum framework of the State
Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT).

"The new policy will talk about the languages a student will learn during
his/her elementary stage," the source said.

"One positive aspect of the meeting was that it has removed the differences
between the Sabha and the eight literary bodies. Things are going in the
right direction. The meeting decided to give space to all recognised
languages and do away with the idea of making a particular language
compulsory," the source said.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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